Three top Western Mediterranean destinations you’ve probably never heard of…

12th April 2018

One of the main benefits of embarking on traditional tall ship sailing with Star Clippers is the ability to reach a range of destinations that would be considered inaccessible to larger vessels. Travelling in elegant style that is reflective of a bygone era of travel, you can appreciate a gentler pace of transportation while soaking up the sun with a cocktail on the top deck.

With temperatures beginning to warm up across Europe, many ships including those of the Star Clippers fleet will begin operating sailings within the gorgeous sun-kissed region of the Mediterranean. There are many smaller ports to be discovered on board a Star Clippers sailing and, this week, we take a look at three of the ports you are unlikely to have ever heard of before.

Porquerolles | Iles D’Hyeres | France

Porquerolles

Situated off the southern coast of France is a small crescent-shaped island that is known as Porquerolles. Its shape makes it a perfect destination to visit for a spot of beach relaxation, with fine golden sands combining with glistening turquoise waters to create the perfect environment in which to soak up the sun.

Those looking to venture away from the beaches will be greeted with a series of beautiful hiking trails that lead to a series of towering cliffs. Combined with secluded creeks and a fine collection of ancient and unique plant species, this island offers a sense of tranquillity that is far from the hustle and bustle of metropolis.

Porto Ercole | Italy

Port Ercole

The Italian region of Tuscany offers plenty of reasons to visit, with many beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, charming settlements and warm weather available throughout most of the year. One of the areas you are less likely to have heard of, however, is the city of Porto Ercole, which holds a historic settlement encased within ancient walls. One of the most significant landmarks to visit is the Palace of Rulers, which overlooks the picturesque Piazetta Santa Barbara and the harbour. Built in 16th century renaissance style, the building once housed the rulers of Spain.

Mali Losinj | Croatia

Mali Losinj

Croatia has developed into one of the most popular nations of the Mediterranean in recent years and, with its fine collection of historical architecture and golden beaches, it is easy to see why. One of the most overlooked places to visit is Mali Losinj – a large island off the northern coast. Mediterranean houses surrounded by lush green hills make for a charming visit, while the expansive beach – 30km in length - stretches far into the horizon and offers the perfect place to relax.


The Mediterranean season with Star Clippers is due to start on the 23rd April 2018 with a five-night sailing to destinations throughout Spain and Morocco. Alternatively, you can enjoy the delights of Greece, Croatia, Montenegro and Venice on board a Eastern Mediterranean sailing, which are due to commence on the 14th July 2018.

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